2 wrestlers finish undefeated at opening meet

By Luke Holthouse

The first wrestling meet of the year ended perfectly for James Wauer ’13 and Brandon Chen ’12. The two wrestlers went undefeated at the Camarillo Duals meet from Dec. 9 to 10.

“It felt good coming back to Camarillo for the fourth and final time with a vengeance,” Chen said. “Ending up undefeated really opened my eyes to the improvements I had made during the off season.”

The two finished in the top three of their respective weight classes at the tournament after winning all 10 of their matches. Wauer wrestled in the 160-pound class while Chen competed in the 145-pound group.

“Wauer also stepped up,” Chen said of his teammate. “Although Wauer is a junior this year, his performance on Saturday impressed the entire team.”

Additionally, Jake Bracken ’14 and Elliot Storey ’12 finished in the top three for the 132-pound and 160-pound. class.

“It was a bit of a surprise because last year I didn’t do great,” Bracken said. “I was really happy about how I did and how we did as a team.”

Bracken, who only won three out of 10 matches at last year’s meet, cited an extra year of experience as the key to his improvement.

“I’ve gotten a lot bigger and a lot stronger and I’ve learned a lot through the year,” he said.

The team will participate in the Rosemead Tournament on Dec. 16 and 17 as well as the Tournament of Champions at Artesia High School Dec. 28 and 29 over winter break.